OnionsFun food facts

  • Give farmers a high five from your family to theirs! Show you care about our farming communities and the environment. Talk to your family about eating food produced in Ontario. Luckily, in the case of Ontario onions, they are available all year round so they should be easy to find in your grocery store.
  • What do little kids and onions have in common? They both love muck! The fertile mucky soils in the Holland Marsh area, just north of Toronto, are perfect for growing onions and much more. No wonder they call that area Ontario’s vegetable patch.

Brain teaser

Attention all kids! If you want to fake cry, cut an onion. It works like a charm! But seriously, if you want to avoid teary eyes when slicing onions, what should you do?

  1. cut it quickly but safely, then run like heck from the kitchen before you tear up
  2. leave the onion in the freezer for 20 minutes before you cut it
  3. put on your swimming goggles before you start cutting (you may not look cool, but are bloodshot, puffy, teary eyes any better?)
  4. b and c

Answer: d

And here’s something for all you science geeks:
It’s the sulphuric compounds in onions that make you teary.

Photo Courtesy of Holland Marsh Growers' AssociationEat it up!

Okay, let’s be honest — chomping into a raw onion, splattering all that spicy, pungent, juicy goodness over your face and the people standing beside you, may not be your idea of a dining delicacy! However, there are easier ways to enjoy onions. Which of these do you want to try?

  1. thin red Ontario onion slices on a burger
  2. yellow Ontario onions, slow-cooked until soft and sweet, mixed into a stew
  3. diced Ontario onions in an omelette – yum!
  4. red Ontario onions mixed into a homemade tomato salsa with tortilla chips